Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Need You Now by Mika Jolie



Need You Now By Mike Jolie

Elementary school teacher Liliana Serrano has never been one to let others determine her future. Whether it’s her pack of three overly protective brothers or her Puerto-Rican, American heritage, she stands on her own. Which is exactly how she entered her arrangement with Adam Aquilani. The hot formula one driver is aloof, detached and not interested in relationship. After a cheating fiancĂ©, no strings attached sex was just what she needed.
Except one year later, they’re still hooking up and things aren’t so clear cut anymore. Especially when a surprise pregnancy enters the picture.
Adam is determined to marry Lily and raise their child as a family. But Lily refuses to settle for anything less than love.
As the two go on a journey of discovering, secrets are revealed, testing the strength of their connection. Can they learn not to give the past the power to define their future?

Learn more Here

Buy a copy Here

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Currently Reading: How to Think About Exercise (ARC) *Giveaway*

I just started How to Think About Exercise by Damon Young. If you truly know me you may be laughing right now! I have told my family I will think about it and not do it.

However, that is not what the book is about.

Here is a summary:

A look at how and why exercise affects the way we think and feel

It can often seem like existence is split in two: body and mind, flesh and spirit, moving and thinking. In the office or at study we are 'mind workers', with superfluous bodies. In the gym we stretch, run and lift, but our minds are idle. Damon Young challenges this idea, revealing how fitness can develop our bodies and minds, together. Exploring exercises and sports with the help of ancient and modern philosophy, he uncovers the pleasures, virtues and big ideas of fitness. By exercising intelligently, we are committing to wholeness: enjoying and enhancing our full humanity.

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

You can pick up your copy on Amazon

Or add it to Goodreads

Here is hoping this book may actually get me to start exercising!

Also if anyone is interested, I was sent two copies so I have an extra. Would anyone like it? It is an Advanced Reader Copy so there may be typos and such. In order to get it in case more than one person wants it, just leave a comment with your favorite form of exercise. I will take comments until the 31st at Midnight.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Blog Fail

So...I decided to change my blog name to Kara *the* Redhead, since I already have Gmail set up for that name and twitter too...So I changed the name of the Facebook page from Redhead Reading Reviews to karatheredhead....by mistake, since that's already my personal Facebook url!!! Ugh!


Then I tried to fix it by putting periods, now karatheredhead is lost in the twilight zone and I have this facebook page with periods in the name (I guess that will have to work...) and my personal Facebook is now.. karatheredheadreads......such a long title!!!


/rant

P.S. I decided to do this after reading How to Start a Blog, which I should have done before I started the blog. Thank you lack of patience!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Lionel and the Golden Rule by Paul R. Hewlett/Christmas

Currently I am reading Lionel and the Golden Rule (Lionel's Grand Adventure) by Paul R. Hewlett it is for children, so far I would say ages 7-12 (maybe more boys than girls). It is a nice break from the intense books I have been reading lately. 

And in other news, it is now Christmas Eve! So Merry Christmas from me to you. I hope everyone gets plenty of good books to read for the next year! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

To my readers

A note to my readers:

I realized lately most of my reviews have been 5 stars. I just wanted to say thanks for the chance to let me read these novels. They have all been exceedingly good. Let's hope next year is as good as these past few weeks have been!

Review: Making Do (Myself in Blue Book 2.5) by Renata F. Barcelos

Making Do (Myself in Blue Book 2.5) by Renata F. Barcelos

My rating 5/5 stars

I received this book for free through a Library Thing giveaway.

I read this book in two days, staying up very late to finish it. It was such a great story.

Simon is autistic or has asperger's (he hasn't been properly diagnosed) but his friends and family suspect it. Natalie recently had a bad accident and is blind. Music brings them together. 

Although they have different ailments, deep down they are very much the same. They are beautiful on the inside and out. You can't help but fall in love with Simon and Natalie. 

The ending was superb. It was such a beautiful story to read, and gave me a feeling of hope. If these two people can come together, there is so much hope for the rest of us out there.

This novel is split between Simon and Natalie both telling their story. It is humorous at times too, because Simon does very silly cute things like a little boy would. He however unlike most men today, speaks from his heart. 

I recommend this to anyone wanting to read a touching, sweet, beautiful story.

You can read your copy of this at: Amazon





Review: A Song After Dark by Grant Palmquist

A Song After Dark by Grant Palmquist

My rating 5/5 stars

I received this book for free through a Library Thing giveaway. 

This book only took me two days to read, which means I could not put it down. 

We all have met someone destructive in our lives, and some of us are lucky enough to get away from them. Unfortunately, Norman wasn't lucky enough to get away from Zach.

This book is indeed gruesome with a lot of violence and sex. However, it is needed. You see the cold case files documentaries all the time, and this is a wonderful story of what happens before the cold case. The only part I didn't really like was all the cats that were killed. However, many serial killers kill animals before people. 

Zach is an outcast, however he is egotistical and maniacal. Norman is an outcast too, but you couldn't help but love him. He was sweet to Lisa and tried to be the best son he could be.

This book was great in that it showed two point of views, Norman and then Zach from chapter to chapter. It really showed how naive Norman was at first when he met Zach. The newspaper articles in the book too are a key part to this novel. 

I would recommend this book to everyone really, it is a warning to perhaps be more careful in who you find to be your friend. Also to be more aware of what is going on right before your eyes in the case of the other characters.

You can read your copy of this at: Amazon

Friday, December 19, 2014

Next to Review: A Song After Dark by Grant Palmquist

Okay my next book to review is A Song after Dark by Grant Palmquist. I have already read 54 pages out of 162! I can tell this is going to be a good read. It is a thriller with a lot of Tool references (my favorite band!).

Here's a description:

Norman thought he'd hit the jackpot when he met Zach, trading his boring straight-A lifestyle for one filled with parties, drugs and more girls than he ever imagined he'd meet in his lifetime.

But there's something dangerous about Zach, something not quite right. For Zach has a dark secret, that once revealed will drag his newfound sidekick into a nightmare world mired in death and destruction.

Be wary of strangers and careful what you wish for.

Sometimes A Song After Dark can be chilling to hear.

Review: We're All Mad Here by Leigh Raines

We're All Mad Here by Leigh Raines

My rating 5/5 Stars

I received an advance reader copy of this book for an unbiased review.

Wow! What else can I say? I loved this book. If you like Prozac Nation, White Oleander, Perks of being a Wallflower, you will love it too!

Jade is the main character and has social anxiety and depression, something I have been through as well. So this book touched me close to my heart. Leigh actually experienced all these issues in the book too..so she writes it perfectly, sometimes when you are even unable to describe how you feel.

I really loved the ending too, but I won't give it away.

I loved the pop culture references, especially one line where she says She is about to go Dexter on someone. It was hilarious and I could also feel her tension and stress building to the extreme.

It's amazing to me how one boy can drive you so crazy, but it does happen. This boy in the book happens to be Chase.

When you read this at times you will love certain characters, then hate them. They do very unbelievable things, but that is what keeps you reading.

I can definitely say my new heroine is Jade Thompson and even Leigh Raines as well!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We're All Mad Here

The past three days I have been reading Leigh Raines: We're All Mad Here. I have about 80 pages to go. I pretty much spent most of the day reading it, so you can say I got pretty hooked into this one!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Review: Reejecttion by Daniel Clausen



Reejecttion by Daniel Clausen

My rating 5/5 Stars

I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. You can too because the book is free!

This book was hilarious. If you have ever been rejected, which most of us have been, it allows a softer side to be taken.

I also loved some of the short stories, they reminded me a lot of 1984 and were excellent.

The rejection letters are indeed so funny. The sarcasm Daniel uses in this book is excellent too.

I also enjoyed the links to the Monty Python video and another link to a blog with the 10 types of rejection letters and what etiquette you should use.

I would read this book if you are an author who has recently been rejected, or just want something funny to read!

Ebooks

I have been winning more ebooks lately...I know this is the way of the future, but I really prefer paper books! I just can't seem to get the same amount of enjoyment off my tablet. I am trying though, to save trees.

Today I received Rich Marcello's first novel "The Color of Home a novel". He was nice enough to send it to me :) So soon I will see if its better than The Big Wide Calm, which many reviewers claim. I am not sure personally, as Paige Plant was pretty close to my age...but I bet I will still love it nonetheless.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Next to read!

Even though I am still revisiting a lot of what I read in The Big Wide Calm (Does anyone else have this trouble of getting out of a particular novels world?), I have started my next book. It's an ebook and its free to all!

Reejection by Daniel Clausen

So far I am about a third through the book, it is very funny!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: The Big Wide Calm: A Novel by Rich Marcello

The Big Wide Calm: A Novel
by Rich Marcello

My rating 5/5 Stars

I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Fantastic! I saw the cover of this book, and I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover...but I had to enter the giveaway! Luckily I won, and I couldn't get enough of reading this book. In fact, if it had been longer I wouldn't have complained. This is such a good book I can see it easily being made into a movie sometime in the future. I can see Richard Gere or someone similar playing John.

This book appealed to me because I love music. I learned a lot through reading this book too. I did not know the whole songwriting process took so much time. I really admire singers who write their own songs. 

Rich Marcello has the most believable narrative writing. You can actually see Paige Plant go from naive youngster to a mature woman in this book. Paige at first seems like she is all about herself, but as you read the book you find out she is truly a giving person. Sometimes it was amazing to me that a man actually wrote this book.

I truly loved each character in this book, even down to the sweet dog Solly. This is one of the best novels I have read in a long time. This will be staying on my shelf to be read again very soon.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Halfway through TBWC

I am almost halfway through The Big Wide Calm: A Novel by Rich Marcello. I just cannot put it down! I read some reviews, mostly positive. The ones that were negative though, I feel as if they read a completely different book. How could you not love this story?

Kara

Thursday, December 4, 2014

First to review and more news!

Well I got my first book in the mail to review:
The Big Wide Calm: A Novel by Rich Marcello

I also have won a few e-books but my tablet still hasn't arrived! I would read them on my computer but I tend to speed read and my eyes will jump to the second page instead of focusing on the first page aka spoilers!

So there should actually be some book reviews on this blog soon!

Thanks for your patience!
Kara

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Effort=Success

Today I won 6 books to read through Goodreads! After 3 days of entering contests, my effort paid off. Reviews will be up as soon as I receive and read the books! :)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

First post

This is a work in progress right now. Come back soon for my first review!